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Three weeks to deliver a project of a lifetime

We are committed to becoming an internationally recognised business school that provides students with global opportunities.

Global Experience Opportunity (GEO) is dedicated to delivering this promise to our students. Through GEO, we give our students the chance to boost their global employability through an innovative programme of extra-curricular activities and internships.

This summer, students from the Business School worked on a live project for Thomas Swan & Co Ltd; an independent chemical manufacturing company based in the North East of England. 

Alongside students from our partner universities; Xiamen University School of Management and Boston University Questrom School of Business, our students were tasked with finding and developing a business case for a plant derived chemical that has proven market demand to be grown in a sustainable manner.

Managing Director and current Goldman visiting Professor, Harry Swan spoke about the project:

“I knew it had to be something that was live because otherwise it’s boring, we gave them responsibility and they stepped up to it and did really well. The quality of their presentation at the end was right up there with senior business managers.”

The students presented their case to board members of Thomas Swan on Friday 12 August and if approved, Thomas Swan will proceed with the lab trials later in the year, meaning that the project will become a reality.

Managing Director, Harry Swan commented:

“It has been a pleasure working with five talented and proactive students over a three week period at Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd.

I was impressed by how open minded, positive and motivated the students were and it has been useful to gain the different perspectives on an opportunity that only a multi-national team can provide.”

Five Thomas Swan interns in high-visibility jackets.

published on: 30 August 2016